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but others are still being held. nbc's michelle kosinski is there, what's the latest? >> reporter: one day now after they took over the bp facility in algeria, taking dozens of international workers hostage, including americans, it is still just as difficult to get confirmed information out of there. there have been conflicting reports. different numbers coming out. algerian officials being quoted on state tv there have said that at least six of the hostages were killed when the algerian army apparently raided the facility in attempts to free the hostages. they did say that many other hostages were able to escape and some militants were also killed. the associated press quoting an official on the question of anonymity, said some americans did escape, although not everyone is accounted for even at this hour. >> thanks so much for that report. >>> for the first time in over two decades, the u.s. has recognized the government of somalia. secretary of state hillary clinton calls the official recognition a milestone in the fight against islamic extremists. the u.s. has not recognized somalia si
followed. >>> first lady michelle obama was in fine form celebrating her 49th birthday. the white house said the president and mrs. obama dined with friends last night at an italian restaurant at washington's upscale georgetown neighborhood. earlier in the day, the first lady debuted her hairdo featuring new bangs in a twitter pic she featured online. we'll see if the new do is there for inauguration day. very cute. >> in fact preparations for the parties and the president's big day is well under way. nbc's tracie potts has details. hi. >> reporter: hi, good morning. it's a lot of work. i want to show you some animation that gives you a virtual look at what people will see and what you're seeing if you're not here televised on monday when president obama for the second time this year takes the oath of office. remember he does the first official and private one at the white house on sunday, then the big event here on monday. all of this being built up at the capitol, the president will give his speech there which analysts say should not be partisan, he should stick to the middle of the r
grow into the man and the president that he is. >> now first of all, i love michelle obama -- [ cheers ] >> and to address the most significant event of this weekend, i love her bangs. [ cheers ] >> she looks good. >> the world will be watching as president obama lays out his plans for the next four years today. and he has set the bar high, saying abraham lincoln's second inaugural is the one he would most like to emulate. we have more from the center of it. danielle, what's going on right now? >> reporter: good morning, veronica. right now it's a bit chilly and breezy. pretty quiet. that is all going to change shortly when hundreds of thousands of people, likely up to 800,000, crowd on to the national mall here to watch president barack obama take the oath of office in a public ceremony kicking off his second term. people very excited about this trip. they're going to be coming out here and bearing the cold for hours to see it. there are several large screens set up so that even those who weren't able to get tickets who are going to be a ways back are able to get a front row seat to h
and the president that he is. >> now first of all, i love michelle obama -- [ cheers ] >> and to address the most significant event of this weekend, i love her bangs. [ cheers ] >> she looks good. >> the world will be watching as president obama lays out his plans for the next four years today. and he has set the bar high, saying abraham lincoln's second inaugural is the one he would most like to emulate. danielle leigh is center it all. what's the mood right now? >> reporter: you can feel the energy growing out here. the sun is rising. thousands of people are already here on the national mall. you may be able to hear some music in the background. that's coming from large screens all along national mall where i'm standing. they are going air the inauguration, give people an up close view. right now they are playing music, videos and people are crowding around those, watching those as they arrive. many people bundled up. they will be out here in the cold for the long haul. the ceremony doesn't begin until 11 in k34r0. the president takes the oath of office just before noon. when that happens we ex
injured. michelle kosinski is in london with the details. good morning. >> reporter: it happened at 8:this morning. a commercial helicopter carrying two passengers crashed into a construction crane at the top of a tall residential building behind us. cutting off a big chunk of that crane and sending the chopper hurtling to the ground, ending in a fireball that claimed the lives of the pilot and a person on the ground. someone nearby described the chopper as landing on top of a car which was also in flames. we know at least one person was trapped inside of a car and was rescued. another eyewitness said she was leaving a nearby train station and had been looking up at the buildings in the fog marveling how she count see them at all. at that moment she heard an explosion that sounded like a bomb terrifying everybody in the area and than small meteor shower with debris raining down. nine other people were hurt. part of the investigation is whether the light on top of that construction crane was working properly. richard? >> thank you so much. bill karins confirming what we saw. very foggy weat
of damage. >>> and we want to wish a happy birthday to two lovely ladies. first lady michelle obama turns 49 today. and funny lady betty white turns 91 years young. all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments of those stories and the best political analysis on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. finally here's what's coming up later on the "today" show. matt speaks to one of the writers who broke the story about the notre dame linebacker girlfriend hoax. >>> and actress catherine zeta jones talks about her new role in a good new york city cop thriller. keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports and more. i'm mara schiavocampo. thanks for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. have a good one. >>> new details involving a notre dame star star athlete and a nonexistent stanford students. >>> parents in one school district say more needs to be done to protect their kids. >>> giants world series trophy taking flight in just a few hours. we'll tell you where it is now he
and seeing them in that moment, just enjoying it was awesome. >> absolutely. michelle obama always says she wants them to be normal, nice and well mannered. >> seems like she's doing a great job. >> doing a great job. members of congress will hold a news conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the landmark supreme court decision legalizing abortion in most cases. now a new nbc news/wall street journal poll finds 70% of americans say roe v. wade should not be overturned. >>> former penn state football coach joe paterno died on this date last year. joe paterno's legacy has been tainted by the jerry sandusky scandal. supporters will gather for a candlelight vigil. >>> and president obama and vice president biden and their spouses will attend a national prayer service this morning, an inaugural tradition started by george washington. >>> all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments on those stories and the very best political analysis on msnbc. and tonight, be sure to watch "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> and, finally, here's a look at what's coming up later t
of the capitol but he made one comment about the first lady. >> i love michelle obama. and to address the most significant event of this weekend, i love her bangs. >> he's a smart man. the president went on to thank his supporters and said the celebration is not one for him but for the country and its future. president obama made headlines when he started using d.c. license plates for his presidential limousine. >> now mayor vincent gray is using inauguration to bring attention to d.c. statehood. gray spoke at the martin luther king jr. memorial yesterday. he called it the hypocrisy of democracy. he said you can't talk about it without having it in the nation's capitol. >>> when we can't approve our own budget even though it's our money, had our local laws have to go through the congress for approval and we fervently believe we ought to be the 51st state in america. >> a white house spokesman says now that president obama has lived in d.c. for four years, he sees how unfair it is for families in the district to pay taxes but not have a vote in congress. >>> thousands of extra law enforcement o
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